Cristina Centeno Named Assistant Coach At LeMoyne


Former Siena Saint Cristina Centeno has accepted the position of assistant coach at LeMoyne College where she will serve under her former coach at Siena, Gina Castelli. When we caught up with the former Saint guard today, she expressed her thoughts as she was preparing for her first recruiting trip.

“This is a great opportunity for me not only being able to start at the college level but being able to work with Coach Castelli”, said Centeno. “It is a great honor that she even thought of me for the position so there was no way I was going to pass it up.”

Following graduation last May, Centeno spent time with the Puerto Rican Women’s National Team and competed in exhibition games in the Czech Republic and Holland. Then after being drafted fourth overall, she played for Piratas de Quebradillas of the Puerto Rico BSNF. She averaged 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game and her team tied for 1st place with a record of 16-4 in the regular season. They advanced to the BSNF finals where they lost in Game 7. Centeno was named BSNF Rookie of the Year.

Centeno completed a great career at Siena in 2012 where she joined Sasha Baker and Gunta Basko as the only Siena players with 800 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals, and 100 3’s. For her efforts on the court she was named to the All-MAAC Third team for the second straight year. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences as a player as she begins her coaching career.

“I’m extremely excited and passionate about this coming year!” Centeno said. “I will make the LeMoyne community proud!”

Castelli recently took over at LeMoyne after spending last season as the women’s basketball Director of Player Development at the University of Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10. Prior to that Castelli served as a coach at Siena for 23 years, 22 as head coach.

Castelli is the winningest basketball coach in Siena history, with an overall record of 336-296 (.532). Her record of 225-146 (.606) in the MAAC gives her the third-most wins in the conference’s history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year five times (1991, ’94, ’98, ’01 and ’02) and the New York State Coach of the Year twice (1991 and 1999) and led the Saints to seven MAAC Regular Season Championships (1994, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’02, ’03 and ’04), while winning the MAAC Tournament championship during the 2000-01 season.

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